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Monitoring floods and fires during the summer of 2011--The value of the Landsat satellite 40-year archives

Fact Sheet 2012-3006

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Abstract

The summer of 2011 proved to be a season of extreme events. Heavy snowfall in the western mountains and excessive spring rains caused flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers; whereas extended dry conditions enabled fires to rage out of control from Alaska and Canada, south to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, and Mexico. The Landsat archive holds nearly 40 years of continuous global earth observation data. Landsat data are used by emergency responders to monitor change and damage caused by natural and man-made disasters. Decision makers rely on Landsat as they create plans for future environmental concerns.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Monitoring floods and fires during the summer of 2011--The value of the Landsat satellite 40-year archives
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2012-3006
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description:
2 p.
First page:
1
Last page:
2
Number of Pages:
2
Country:
United States
Other Geospatial:
North America
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N